Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work And What You Should Do Instead

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Have you ever known anyone to keep their New Year’s resolutions all year long? For that matter, have you ever actually known anyone to keep them past February? Probably not! Statistics show that most people don’t even keep their resolutions through January and by the end of the year, most people don’t even remember what their resolutions were!

There are plenty of typical explanations: We don’t prepare for them, we don’t set realistic goals, and we aren’t organized sufficiently to keep them. But that really is only part of the problem. There is a deeper problem at work here. Our society is set up so that we think we can only “start” on a problem on a big occasion or at a certain time marker. For example, the old “I’ll start my diet on Monday.” This is because no one believes that anyone who starts a diet on Wednesday can be successful. People start gym programs on New Year’s; they decide to diet in the spring before bikini season; they start to save money the day their child is born. We set ourselves up for failure when we believe that we can only accomplish something at a certain time.

Also, our mindset makes a big difference. The truth is many of us don’t really want to accomplish the goals we set for the New Year. We feel like we should do something because, after all, doesn’t everyone?

But when we haven’t made our mind up that we want to go through the process to get to our goal, we portably won’t stick with it.

Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution to watch more television? To eat more ice cream? To drink more wine? What do you think the chances are that you will fulfil those resolutions? Exactly.

So, rather than make the typical resolutions such as lose weight, get fit, save money, be nice to your mother-in-law, why not make resolutions that you will actually keep? Make Funsolutions!

When you make Funsolutions, you not only will keep them, you will look forward to keeping them! These are promises we guarantee you will keep and have fun doing it!

So for example, rather than say, “I’m going to go to the gym five days a week,” make a Funsolution! This varies for everyone, but try something like:

  • play board games with my kids twice a week
  • spend one afternoon each week with my friends
  • spend three nights a week soaking in the Jacuzzi
  • play music every time I dust
  • call my mother twice each week

Or whatever Funsolution works for you. If you like doing it, then tell yourself that you are going to do more of it! Problem solved!

Of course, we aren’t suggesting that things like eating healthy and getting exercise are not important, but you should make those a natural part of your everyday life, not a “resolution”. Keep in mind that resolutions = failure.

Now if you want to make some Funsolutions that will also give you some health benefits consider this:

Making a Funsolution to spend 3 nights a week in your Jacuzzi, keep in mind that this is not only a detoxifying soak but a stress relieving agent. Both of those things are healthy!


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So if you must sneak some healthy ideas into your Funsolutions, keep in mind that things like sleeping more are healthy, spending time outdoors is healthy, and playing with your kids is also healthy!

There is almost no limit to the way you can set up Funsolutions! Try it for a change this year, you might surprise yourself!